Esprit de Corps: The Rajputana Rifles



The spirit of a body is the essence of the term Esprit de Corps. It's a feeling of pride and mutual loyalty shared by the members of a group. The troops with a higher Esprit de Corps are motivated, full of Josh and more often than not victorious under any circumstance. Following are the snapshots of this mighty regiment.


Established: 1775

Motto: Veer Bhogya Vasundhara (The Brave Shall Inherit the Earth)

War Cry: Raja Ramchandra Ki Jai (Hail Lord Raja Ramchandra)

Regimental Centre: Delhi Cantt., New Delhi

Type: Line Infantry

Decorations:
  • 1 PVC (Param Vir Chakra)
  • 10 MVC (Maha Vir Chakra)
  • 50 VrC (Vir Chakra)
  • 2 UYSM (Uttam Yudh Seva Medal)
  • 3 YSM (Yudh Seva Medal)
  • 2 AC (Ashoka Chakra)
  • 11 KC (Kirti Chakra)
  • 28 SC (Shaurya Chakra)
  • 14 PVSM (Param Vishisht Seva Medals)
  • 18 AVSM (Ati Vishisht Seva Medals)
  • 39 VSM (Vishisht Seva Medals)
  • 122 SM (Sena Medal)
  • 1 Padma Bhushan Award
  • 55 Arjuna Awards
Battle Honours (Post Independence):
  • Poonch
  • Charwa
  • Basantar
  • Myanamati
  • Tololing
Notable Alumni:
Colonel M.B. Ravindranath, VrC

Major Padmapani Acharya, MVC

Captain Neikezhakuo Kenguruse, MVC

Captain Vijayant Thapar, VrC

Company Havaldar Major Piru Singh Shekhawat, PVC

Naik Digendra Kumar, MVC, SM
Alias: RAJ-RIF

Insignia: A Bugle along with the medieval Rajput weapon called Katar.
Regimental Colours: Olive Green and Crimson.

Other Raisings:
  • 3rd Battalion the Brigade of The Guards was raised from 1st Battalion the Rajputana Rifles Regiment.
  • 11th Battalion the Mechanized Infantry Regiment was raised from 18th Battalion the Rajputana Rifles Regiment.
  • 23rd Battalion the Parachute Regiment was raised from 23rd Battalion the Rajputana Rifles Regiment.
It is India’s first Rifle Regiment.

The 5th Battalion of the Rajputana Rifles Regiment is allied to the Cheshire Regiment of the British Army.

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